This Week’s Extras

Early last month, Princess Hisako and Princess Tsuguko took in events for the 74th National Sports Festival in a pair of pale hats. Princess Hisako also kicked this week off at the National Dietary Improvement Conference in Miyazaki in a very interesting hat with black brim and patterned burgundy silk crown and leaves at the side


Lady Kitty Spencer attended the Melbourne Cup Monday in a dark blue stemmed beret percher with leaf studded veil by Awon Golding and on Tuesday in a soaring brimmed black Stephen Jones creation.
Queen Sonja welcomed Slovenian president on a state visit on Wednesday in a powder blue and grey felt hat with cutouts across the front. At first glance, I thought it was a repeat but it’s new- and surprisingly close in appearance to its predecessor. 

 


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Also on Wednesday, Empress Masako arrived at the Imperial Royal Palace (to rehearse the upcoming Daijosai ceremony) on Wednesday in her almond silk covered bumper hat. On Thursday, Princess Akiko wore a grey hat with interesting upfolded brim on a visit to Fujinomiya to open the 7th World Tea Festival. 


Queen Margrethe opened an exhibition on Germany yesterday at the Danish National Museum in Copenhagen. She repeated her deep purple felt hat with sidesweeping brim and side bow.
The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Fantastic fuchsia textured straw pillbox with oversize, flying pink bow by Australian milliner Irene Moore
London-based Irish milliner Philip Treacy’s lavender velvet felt trilby with silk hatband and fringed bow
Black straw hat with beautiful bias folded brim and feather trim by Dutch milliner Myra van de Korput
Graphic royal blue cutout origami halo bandeau by Australian milliner Lauren Ritchie
Black felt percher with crin ruffle and black and white feathers by British brand Hostie Hats
Whimsical lilac straw pillbox with statement silk allium flower trim by Australian milliner Victoria Henderson
Angular purple felt hat with the most fantastic folded ribbon hatband by Spanish milliner Eugenia Jimenez
From Australian brand Jack and Jill Millinery, a cheeky yellow straw brimmed cap with horse bit trim
Simple black felt cloche made special with added applique floral vines. Made by US milliner Jennifer Hoertz
Red felt button percher with impressively sculpted trim by British brand Gillys Millinery
Shell-shaped percher hat in striped tan and pink silk abaca with feather by Spain-based milliner Donna Hartley
Incredible gold bandeau headpiece with ombre stacked feather plume by Australian milliner Wendy Scully

And from Australian milliner Jo Peterson, this black disc edged in pink crin with amazing string art trim.


This Week’s Extras

On Wednesday, October 23, Swazi King Mswati III and his newest wife, Inkhosikati LaMashwama arrived in Sochi to take part in the 2019 Russia-Africa Summit. Inkhosikati LaMashwama wore a magenta straw disc percher hat trimmed with straw twists, rosettes, feathers and sparkle crin bows
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On Thursday, October 24, Princess Yoko wore a sunny, tall-crowned cloche to open the 46th Tokyo Motor Show. The same day, Princess Kiko wore a beige silk covered bumper hat with smocked side panel to open the Meiji Jingu Museum
Also on October 26, Queen Margrethe repeated her tan, caramel, chocolate and burgundy checked hat with short  brim and stacked hatbands for military awards and parades at Fredericia. Crown Prince Frederick wore a Tyrolean hat to host a hunt on the Gludsted Plantation in central Jutland on Monday, October 28.
The Imperial Princesses in hats on Monday for the 3rd court enthronement banquet. Last Sunday, a memorial for the Prince of Mikasa (Takahito) was held on the third anniversary of his death. Crown Princes Kiko, Princess Mako, Princess Kako, Princess Yuriko of Mikasa, Princess Akiko, Princess Yoko and Princes Tsuguko were all in attendance in demure black hats.


On Thursday, Queen Maxima repeated her warm brown straw picture hat with high upswept brim.
The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
And from British milliner, millinery instructor and millinery flower maker Ann Tomlin, this whimsically wonderful green button percher trimmed with a handmade wildflower garden. It’s just so charming.

Lovely new portraits of the Belgian royal family (see here, here and here) released last weekend for the celebration of Princess Elisabeth’s 18th birthday
The Norwegian and Greek royals shared inspiration for their Halloween costumes this year

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Knask eller knep ? ❤️

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The Imperial royal ladies in beautiful kimonos on October 31 for the 4th court enthronement banquet

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This Week’s Extras

On Friday, members of the Imperial royal family were spotted arriving to rehearse the enthronement ceremony. Empress Masako wore a buff silk bumper hat; the Mikasa princesses were in hats as well.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge donned vibrant regional headwear on Wednesday during a visit to to the Bumburate Valley in Pakistan’s northern Chitral District
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Yesterday, the remains of Queen Elena of Romania were brought from Switzerland and re-interred in Romania. For this ceremony, her granddaughters wore black and grey hats- Her Majesty Margareta in a grey angular bandeau with black trim, Princess Sophia in a black cuffed bumper and Princess Marie in a black calot.
The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Classic navy felt hat with mushroom brim and black trim by French milliner Clothilde Toussaint
Natural straw bandeau with statement bow and black hexagon veil by Australian milliner Jill Humphries
Love the personalized zodiac constellation trim embroidered on this hat by US brand Jennifer Hoertz Millinery
Jaunty bright pink straw design with wonderful offset brim worn and made by Aussie milliner Chris Mullane
For our dear gents, a beige felt fedora with stitched hatband and brim edge by German milliner Nicki Marquardt
Teal veiled bandeau with wonderful leather flowers by Australian brand Felicity Northeast millinery
Stylish take on a rain hat in layered pink and black cut-out fabric by Canadian milliner David Dunkley
Luxe burgundy velvet halo bandeau with flowers and shooting crystals by British milliner Justine Bradley-Hill
Wonderful black coiled crown hat with Spirograph statement brim by Dutch milliner Eugenie van Oirschot
Pale blue tall-crowned hat with wide brim and trailing silk hatband by Australian milliner Nerida Winter
Royal blue felt wide-brimmed homburg with emerald trim from British milliner Nicola de Selincourt
Statement gold-trimmed percher hats in pink & blue with soaring trim by Australian brand Millinery By Mel
Crimson silk covered bumper with pleated crin ruffle and silk rose by British milliner Bundle MacLaren

And from Australian milliner Jill Humphries who works under the Millinery Jill label, this black and white diamond print wrapped turban that gives such a modern feel to a retro shape.

The Danish monarchy released two new photos of Prince Christian to celebrate his 14th birthday
Lovely to see Sayako Kuroda at last week’s “Kanname-sai” festival at Ise Grand Shrine. I suspect we’ll see her at her brother’s enthronement ceremony tomorrow.
For a little over-the-top royal entertainment, we have the Bourbon Two Sicilies princesses sharing themselves making an entrance.
We end this week with a great montage shared by Kensington Palace of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s visit to Pakistan last week. The documentary Harry and Meghan: An African Journey airs in North America Wednesday night (and is, for the moment, available here). It’s authenticity and candid sharing is compelling.

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This Week’s Extras

Back in September, Princess Hisako opened an exhibition at the Yokohama Museum of Art in a hat with cream straw crown and olive straw brim with interesting hatband of flattened vertical straw loops.
On Monday, Empress Masako attended the 70th anniversary of the National Rehabilitation System in a sleek, pale grey suit with matching short-brimmed hat
On Tuesday, Princess Akiko presided over national self defense awards in a repeated ecru silk-covered cloche hat with upturned kettle brim and wide hatband. The same day, Princess Mako attended the closing ceremony of the 74th National Sports Festival in Ibaraki in an ivory bowler hat variation with pale blue hatband tied in a side bow.
Prince Albert’s daughter, Jazmin Grimaldi, shared several portraits this week wearing an orange fedora.
The Duke of Gloucester sported a dapper green fedora during his visit to  Morocco last week. Today, the Duchess of Gloucester repeated a cuffed black velvet hat with silk bow and the Countess of Ulster wore a veiled pillbox for the opening of parliament today (the Earl and Countess’ son, Lord Culloden, was one of the Queen’s four pages).


Queen Elizabeth arrived for the opening of Parliament in the incredible diamond and pearl George IV Diadem she wears for this event each year (read more about it over at The Royal Collection). She chose not to wear the Imperial State Crown this year- understandable, given its heavy weight. The Duchess of Cornwall sparkled in her go-to Greville tiara (sometimes known as the Boucheron Honeycomb tiara. You can read an excellent history of this tiara here).
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The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Wonderfully trimmed fedoras in camel, yellow and mustard from British brand John Boyd Millinery

Bold black and cream striped waved discs by Spanish-based British milliner Donna Hartley
Emerald button percher with statement pheasant feather trim by British brand Rebecca Couture Millinery
Beautiful hand draping on this camel felt design (proof beige isn’t always boring!) by British milliner Jane Taylor
Magenta straw bowler with silk brim and ombre ruffled trim by Australian milliner Rachel Henry
Stunning gold beaded halo bandeau headpiece with twist from Australian milliner Marilyn Van den Berg

And from Irish milliner Carol Kennelly, this utterly fantastic black percher with shooting stars.

After last Monday’s announcement that children of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Madeleine have been removed from the Royal House of Sweden (along with their HRH titles) and will be free to pursue private lives, was endorsed by both the prince and princess with sharing of new family photos.
Turns out the lovely new photos of Princess Elisabeth, one which was turned into a stamp released on her 18th birthday, were taken by her dad.
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⁣ ⁣ bpost geeft ter gelegenheid van de achttiende verjaardag van Prinses Elisabeth (25 oktober) een officiële postzegel uit. De foto werd genomen door de Koning in de tuin van het Kasteel van Laken.⁣ —————⁣ bpost émet un timbre officiel à l'occasion du dix-huitième anniversaire de la Princesse Elisabeth (le 25 octobre). La photo a été prise par le Roi dans le jardin du Château de Laeken.⁣ —————⁣ bpost issues an official stamp on the occasion of the eighteenth birthday of Princess Elisabeth (October, 25). The photo was taken by the King in the garden of the Castle of Laeken.⁣ ⁣ @bpost #bpost #postzegel #timbre #stamp #birthday #verjaardag #anniversaire #PrincesseElisabeth #PrinsesElisabeth #PrincessElisabethofBelgium #ElisabethvanBelgie #Princesse #Prinses #Princess #Elisabeth #royalty #BelgianRoyals #BelgianRoyalFamily #België #Belgique #Belgium #Brussel #Bruxelles #Brussels #BelgianRoyalPalace #MonarchieBe

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Princess Eugenie celebrated her first anniversary with this look back at her wedding

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This Week’s Extras

Back on September 21, Princess Akiko of Mikasa, as Honorary President of the Japan Rugby Association, attended a match between Australia and Fiji in an ivory cloche with slim burgundy hatband. Last Sunday,  wore a smart white hat with pistchio green hatband and side bow for National Sports Festival in Kasama.
On Monday,  Princess Yoko wore a pale pink oversize cloche hat for a visit to the Shimodate Museum of Art in Chikusei. On Wednesday, she was in in Mito where she took in a took in a rugby football match at the National Sports Festival  in a black bowler hat with jade bow trim. 
On Tuesday in Tokyo, Empress Masako repeated a pumpkin silk hat with upturned brim and bow at the side for the 60th Anniversary Convention Of Nikkei And Japanese Abroad.
On Tuesday, Crown Princess Victoria wore a burgundy bandeau headpiece with ribbon roses and veil to attend the opening of a church in Uppsala with her father.
The Takamado Princesses were also busy this week around Japan for the 74th National Sports Festival. On Monday, Princess Hisako wore a wide brimmed black hat to watch events and on Wednesday, she arrived at the field hockey competition in Tokai in a natural straw hat with kettle brim and bright green hatband. On Friday, Princess Tsuguko watched softball in Kasama City, repeating her wonderful cream and black hat with slim black hatband and scalloped point on the side. On Saturday, she wore a pale blue bowler hat with wide silk hatband to watch the handball competition in Jōsō. 
On Friday, the Duchess of Cornwall repeated her brown tweed ruched crown hat with faux fur brim for a visit to Dunnottar Castle with the Prince of Wales.
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Today, Queen Elizabeth headed to Sunday service at Crathie Kirk in her pale grey straw cloche hat with square crown. The hat, which has only been worn in Scotland (this was its fourth outing) is trimmed with a hatband and brim binding in the same black and grey  bouclé tweed as Her Majesty’s suit, and spiky dahlia bloom of trimmed black, grey and bronze feathers. The Duchess of Cornwall repeated her red Philip Treacy formed felt beret with pheasant feather trim.
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The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:

Such an interesting, modern take on a cloche in grey felt with upturned brim by Japanese milliner Nokku Boushi
Emerald and black jinsin stripes split disc hat with mass of feathers by Australian milliner Catherine Allen
Dusky pink rough-edged silk tulle and shell button headpiece by New York brand Suzanne Couture Millinery
Sleek midnight blue teardrop percher with two-toned silk ruffles by British milliner Bee Smith
Very handsome charcoal felt men’s hat with vintage bias striped tie hatband from US milliner Cassie MacGregor
Black sequin covered perchers with firey pink, red and orange draped trim from Dutch milliner Wies Mauduit
Wide brimmed statement pyramid with layered aqua ombre feathers by Australian milliner Cynthia Jones-Bryson
Eggplant purple felt cloche with fantastic black maze lace trim by British brand Atelier Millinery
From British brand Mind Your Bonce and embroiderer Heather Everitt, this tweed percher with exquisite moth trim

And from Australian millinery Renae Kohle who works under the Neigh Millinery label, this pale blue brimmed design with hydrangea and rose petals sandwiched within layers of the sinamay straw, trimmed with pearls.

Fascinating story about one of Queen Elizabeth’s former designers
Compelling advertisement scheduled to launch tomorrow in the UK, narrated by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Duke and Duchess of Sussex
Royal follower and regular commenter here, James Taylor, was recently interviewed on “Eye Up Notts” TV programme about this year’s exhibitions on Queen Victoria for the 200th anniversary of her birth (this 2-minute segment starts at 14:15)
We end the week (or, rather, start this new one!) with this moment of unadulterated joy- something that’s in short supply in many of our lives. Have a great week, everyone.

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Last Sunday, Queen Elizabeth repeated her cornflower blue hat with black trim and spiky grey feather flower to attend Sunday morning service at Crathie Kirk. The Duchess of Cornwall repeated her tan beret with pheasant feather trim.

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Princess Hisako attended the Japan Sports Masters Tournament (for athletes over age 35) on Monday and Tuesday. Monday, she repeated a white hat with pork pie crown and wide brim edged in a black stripe with floral trim on the side. Tuesday, she wore a black straw hat with trilby-style raised back brim and wide, ecru-striped hatband. On Thursday, she repeated her ivory small brimmed, lace-covered hat with side bow for the 130th anniversary of the Japanese Red Cross Society in Gifu.. Yesterday, she wore this brimmed design to attend the Regional Traditional Performing Arts National Convention in Nara.
The Imperial emperor and empress attended the 74th National Sports Festival’s opening ceremony in Hitachinaka yesterday. Empress Masako repeated a white brimmed hat with wide royal blue silk hatband.
Queen Elizabeth was joined for church this morning in Scotland by the Snowdon family. The Queen repeated an angular lime straw cloche with navy stripe around the brim and a mass of straw leaves in the two colours on the side. The Countess of Snowdon wore a sculpted beret in a fantastic shade of saffron felt, trimmed with a gold brooch while Lady Margarita Armstrong-Jones donned a chic dark denim blue felt fedora with navy hatband.
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A new book by Angela Kelly was released today that will undoubtedly, be filled with many great looks at her designs (and hats made by Stella McLaren, the in-house milliner on Kelly’s design team). I now know what’s on the top of my Christmas wish list!

The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Alpaca gives a cruelty-free and sustainable option for fur hats and this teal one from Peruvian Connection is wonderful
Red felt calot with wide ruffle and bling-y brooch trim from British brand Rebecca Couture Millinery
Very fun blue patterned pillbox hat with retro proportions by Australian milliner Karen Bailey
Loden green silk ribbon bandeau with veil from British milliner Rachel Trevor Morgan
Love unexpected coral and burgundy scheme of this straw brimmed design by Dutch milliner Myra van de Korput
Ivory felt sculpted hat with crown of folded swirls trimmed with crystals by Israeli milliner Orit Aviezer
From Stephen Jones’ new spring 2020 collection, this gravity-defying black hat with crisp white stripes

And these two green beauties from British milliners- first, from  Dorothy Morant, a hand blocked cloche in printed felt with extended brim and stunning pleated velvet ribbon trim (clearly, the Downton Abbey movie is on my mind) and second, from Carrie Jenkinson, this emerald felt saucer percher with amazing half pinwheel of statement twists.


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It was so lovely to become better acquainted with this new, very sweet royal face this week
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Prince Harry took a poignant walk in Angola down the same path his mother walked, 22 years ago.
We end the week with the Dutch king, clearly enjoying his visit today to the Motocross of Nations at the TT Assen
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This Week’s Extras

Empress Masako in a white silk covered hat for the opening ceremony of the National Cultural Festival and National Arts & Culture Festival for People with Disabilities in Niigata on Monday.
Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit in cosy hats while on a visit to Dovrefjell on Tuesday
Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser looking characteristically glamorous this week for meetings at Georgetown University and the World Bank

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اجتمعت صاحبة السمو بالدكتور جون دوجويا رئيس جامعة جورجتاون. تم خلال الاجتماع مناقشة دور الجامعات في ابتكار حلول لحماية التعليم في أوقات الأزمات.⠀ ⠀ Her Highness met with Georgetown University President Dr. John DeGoia, where they discussed the university’s role in leading innovation in education during times of conflict. ⠀ #georgetown #georgetownuniversity #educationaboveall #education #therighttoeducation #conflict #innovation ‎#جامعة_جورجتاون #التعليم_فوق_الجميع #التعليم #الحق_في_التعليم #الإبتكار

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اجتمعت صاحبة السمو بالسيد ديفيد مالباس رئيس مجموعة البنك الدولي. تم خلال الاجتماع الإعلان عن اتفاقية عمل بين البنك ومؤسسة التعليم فوق الجميع والتي تهدف إلى إلحاق ٢ مليون طفل بالمدارس في ٤١ دولة متفق عليها، بحلول عام ٢٠٢٥. ⠀ ⠀ Her Highness met with the President of the World Bank Group, David Malpass, today. At the meeting, @EducationAboveAll_eaa and the @WorldBank announced a groundbreaking partnership to enrol two million out of school children against an agreed list of 41 countries by 2025. ⠀ ⠀ #WorldBank #EducationAboveAll #Education ⠀ ‎#البنك_الدولي #التعليم_فوق_الجميع #التعليم

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Princess Beatrix and the Prince of Wales attended a parade on the Ginkelse Heide on the outskirts of Arnhem this morning to commemorate the the 75th anniversary of ‘Operation Market Garden’ in September 1944 which marked the beginning of the liberation of the Netherlands. Princess Beatrix wore a black straw bumper hat and the Prince Of Wales wore the burgundy beret of his uniform of Colonel in Chief of The Parachute Regiment
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Josine Droogendijk, author of the “Mode Koningin Maxima” (Queen Maxima’s Fashion) blog, wrote a fascinating post this week about all 234 of Maxima’s hats!
The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Midnight blue trilby with piped hatband and peacock feathers by British milliner Bundle MacLaren
Fantastic sculptural ikat-print turban with vertical lift by Australian milliner Meghan Briton
Handpainted purple and gold fedora from Italian hatmaker Borsalino
Acid green straw boater hat with black trim and silver stars by Australian milliner Cynthia Jones-Bryson Millinery
Black and white percher and scarlet fur felt teardrop beret with double bow by British milliner Tracey Miller
Delicate blue silk floral headpiece by Australian milliner Meredith McMaster
Black straw percher with gravity-defying trim by German brand Hutkunst Ana
Wonderful parade of designs from Dutch milliner Wies Mauduit (I adore this black lace brim!)
Such unique, angular trim on this tangerine straw hat with printed brim from Aussie brand Contempromental Millinery

And from Irish milliner Caithriona King, this natural straw saucer with soaring pink trim

Princess Kako wore a beautiful kimono on Monday in Austria to meet President Alexander Van der Bellen
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And we close with this stunning sunset portrait of Princess Tatiana of Greece, taken by Prince Nikolaos

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